The 13 essential Google tools to use for SEO

These 13 Google tools will allow you to know how your website is doing and its SEO. These key tools are there to improve and boost your website.

Alexis Le BaronAlexis Le Baron

Alexis Le Baron

Developer at Snoweb
Published on 23 June 2021 (Updated on 25 February 2022)

1. Google Search Console

The Google Search Console allows you to view information on the health of your website and to take actions related to your SEO. It allows you to visualize the different possible improvements on the analyzed website. And this thanks to two things :

  • to know on a daily basis the keywords that visitors have typed to arrive on the website.
  • see the retroactivity of the website and understand its evolution
Discover Google Search Console.

Here are the elements found in the Search Console:

Search phrases

  • the number of clicks
  • the number of impressions
  • the target page
  • country
  • devices
  • appearances in search results
  • average position

URL inspection

  • know if the page is in Google index
  • detect errors and warnings (mobile ergonomics, Google schemas)
  • test Google schemas
  • see the speed of the pages (Essential web signals) slow url, to improve, fast
  • security problem

The coverage of a website

  • the number of valid/excluded pages in Google index
  • page errors (if a page is working correctly)

Management of sitemaps

  • send one or more sitemaps
  • to know the state of the sitemap (if it was treated or not) + the dates
  • the number of URL discovered in a sitemap

URL deletion

It is possible to make a request to remove URLs in Google Search with this tool.


2. Google Lighthouse

Google Lighthouse allows to measure the page loading speed and the performance of a website, in other words, to make a technical SEO audit. After the analysis of the website, a score out of 100 is established and proposals for improvement of the site are made. The objective you should set is to have all the horns in the green whether on mobile or computer.

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The quality of the web pages

  • Performance, speed, interaction, blocking
  • Accessibility
  • SEO : check on the title/description page, robots.txt, canonical
  • PWA (progressive web app) : test if the web page is compatible to create a PWA
  • Best practices : 14 audits see the image below

Check out Snoweb's Lighthouse scores just below ⬇️


3. Google Analytics

As its name suggests, Google Analytics is a tool to analyze a website. It allows to know precisely the traffic on the site and the path of users. Google Analytics allows among other things to see the impact of a Google Ads campaign or on social networks. Note that if you have just launched your website, it will take some time to collect relevant information.

Get started with Google Analytics

Analyze the audience of a website

  • The number of users
  • The origin of the users
  • The request that the user made to arrive on the website
  • The number of sessions
  • The bounce rate (% calculated according to the number of visits that have seen only one page versus several)

Google Analytics is a powerful tool to understand the user journey to improve it if needed.

Check out the Google Analytics 4 interface below ⬇️

google analytics

4. Google My Business

Boost your local referencing thanks to Google My Business. The form proposed by this tool is well known by all! It gathers the contact information of a company, namely

  • Postal address
  • Phone number
  • Opening hours
  • Public notice
  • Link to Google maps to make a route
  • Link to your website

You can also display on this page :

  • Your logo
  • A cover image
  • Images of your company
  • A description of your company
  • The products or services you sell
  • News
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Improve your local referencing

  • Views in Search
  • Views in Maps
  • Collect reviews
  • Add news and images of your business

Google My Business is essential to make your establishments and your brand visible locally.

Check out the Google My Business listing for Snoweb ⬇️

google my business

5. Google Mobile Friendly

This tool allows you to test and know if your website is compatible for mobile browsing. This feature is also available on Google Search Console but not immediately after creating your account.

Google informs you if your site is mobile compatible or not. If it is not, it will give you advice for improvement.

Attention, this site only allows you to test the url one by one.

Discover Google Mobile Friendly

Discover what this tool looks like ⬇️


7. Google Cache

Google Cache is different from the rest of the tools on our list. Indeed, it does not allow you to optimize your referencing. To explain it simply, when you search in Google, next to the url of your site you have a chevron. If you click on it you will see a "Cached" button.

When you click on "Cached" you will get to the web page with the current version that Google knows. It may not have the latest changes you made to it!

Why are your latest page updates not visible?

Simply because Google's robots have not yet updated the page. Don't panic, you can fix it! To do so, you just have to go to your Google Search Console and copy/paste the url of your page in the search bar. The Search Console will then give you the characteristics of the page (inline, with or without schemas...). You will also find a button "Modify ? Request an indexing" button. When you click on this button, Google will update your page faster.

In the gallery below, I summarize the steps described above ⬇️


9. Google Suggest

Google Suggest is a very relevant feature of Google in the search of your keywords. You have already used Google Suggest at least once in your life, and without realizing it! Indeed, every time you search on Google, when you start typing, Google Suggest starts. Google's auto-completion feature suggests related words or phrases based on what you type.

This suggestion of related words and expressions allows you to know the search trends of the Internet users. Moreover, these related searches are calculated according to :

  • search frequency
  • abundance
  • user behavior
  • the keyword typed

10. Google PageSpeed Insight

In addition to Lighthouse, there is PageSpeed. This tool allows to know the performance of a website:

  • page loading speed
  • download speed
  • code optimization
  • image optimization

How to use Google PageSpeed :

  1. Add your website url in PageSpeed
  2. Google will analyze your website on both computer and mobile
  3. Then analyze the results that PageSpeed gives you

What are the results of Google :

Once the analysis of the website is done, Google will show you in hierarchical order the elements to improve.

In the first instance, it will show you the results of your users' experience. That is to say the performance of the website according to the users around the world. This analysis consists mainly in testing the speed of your pages as :

  • the PCF : the time between the beginning of the page loading and the moment when the page content is displayed
  • the FID : the time between the moment when the user will make his first action on the page and the moment when the page will react. For example between the moment the user clicks on a button and the moment the button action is done
  • the LCP : the time between the moment when the largest image or the largest text block is loaded and the moment when the page is displayed
  • the CLS : the cumulative loading time of several pages

In a second step PageSpeed will show you the performance improvements you can make on your website.

The goal on Google PageSpeed: to have some 🟢 everywhere!

Discover Google PageSpeed Insight.

11. Google Keyword Planner

Google Keyword Planner allows you to evaluate and analyze all the keywords searched in search engines in order to create or improve a Google Ads campaign. You need a Google Ads account to access Google Keyword Planner. Its primary function is to find the best keywords for advertising campaigns but its use is very interesting to optimize its SEO.

When you search for a keyword in Keywords Planner, it will evaluate and analyze all the queries made on the search engines and give you the search volume and the similar and competing keywords.

12. Google Alerts

Do you have a blog on your website? Are you looking for ways to outperform your competitors on a daily basis? You can't tell when a competitor forgets a news item? Thanks to Google Alert it's possible.

Activate Google Alert on several of your competitors and receive a notification each time one of them is mentioned in a media. You can then follow their visibility and understand their communication strategy.

In Alerts, indicate a keyword of a content you want to follow, view the previews and if you are interested in one of them, create an alert!


13. Google Rich Results

Do you know structured data? It allows you to display the content of your page in Google search in a different way than other websites. It also allows Google's robots to index your page content more easily.

Here are some of the structured data that Google offers:

  • HowTo: this diagram explains how to do something
  • WebPage : this schema allows you to display a summary of the information on a page
  • FAQ : is presented in the form of questions / answers
  • Recipe : ideal for a recipe
  • Article : presents the author and the subject of the article
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As with all Google tools, once your link has been analyzed, you have either a message telling you that everything is ok, or a list of errors and corrections to make. The goal is that your structured data is validated.

Note: You have already encountered structured data on some websites. Here are some examples:

  • The display of recipes in the form of a card with the notices and the cooking time
  • Displaying product photos with their price
  • The presentation of a website with a carousel of images under the title
  • And so on.
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Discover Google Rich Results

Google provides multiple free tools to monitor, boost and enrich your online presence. The thirteen presented in this article are the main ones, even if you can be satisfied with :

  • Google Search Console
  • Google Analytics
  • Google My Business
  • Google PageSpeed
  • Google Suggest
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